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Critical thinking: which is the connection with youth work preventing violent radicalisation

Critical thinking: which is the connection with youth work preventing violent radicalisation

During the first day of the training course “Youth work against violent radicalisation: competencies developement”, we had the opportunity to meet and listen the input from Tatiana Petrovich Njegosh. The input was presenting an interesting reflection about the ambiguity of definitions about violent radicalisations provided also by many institutions. Definitions are already provide a vision of world, an understanding of the context.

Violent Radicalisation is not only a phenomena linked what is common understood to Islamic religion or to any other kind of belif, but it is linked to the understanding of local communities, society about the complexity that we are living. Violent Radicalisation is linked with “fears”, with the contraposition among US and THEM. In each moment we can become US or THEM following different historical moments, social conditions or the “lents” that each of us is wearing to loot at reality.

The opinion is based on informations, not always we have the right information, or not always we have the tools for understand what is behond the surface.

Youth work should foster critical thinking and going behod the surface for create a community that is more resilience for the youth to grown in.
Prof. Tatiana Petrovich Njegosh was stressing the importance to have a critical regard on the reality, on social facts and to investigate and strengh our competencies as youth workers in this sense.


Youth work against violent radicalisation: competencied developement

Youth work against violent radicalisation: competencied developement

In Macerata we are starting a new training activity in the cycle of the long term strategy about the role of youth work and the specific competencies that youth workers should develop when they are asked to work about the complext topic of radicalisation and violence.

Twenty-four participants from Europe, South East Europe, East Europe and Caucasus and South Med countries are going to work for the next 4 days about their professional developement and they will share their practises with local NGOs in Macerata too.

We will work on competence model about youth work preventing violent radicalisation and this work will lead to further research about the model and the training tools.


Some voices from the Seminar in Tirana: sharing tools

Some voices from the Seminar in Tirana: sharing tools

The seminar ended already some weeks ago, but still there are many discussions and exchanges about tools and experiences done during this week in Tirana.

We had the opportunity to share our educational tools as youth workers dealing with radicalisation, extremism of different kinds and we had many reflections about how we will work, react, feel.

Here Anna workshop presentation about Zombi and Vlado feedback about it.

How to deal with European minors returning from Islamic State: interesting video

How to deal with European minors returning from Islamic State: interesting video

In the last week during the seminar held in Tirana, many discussion were about the role of youth work preventing youth going through a radicalisation process and path.

We had discussed also about how deal with youth coming back from an experience of radicalisation.

Research Fellow joined a panel on Monday night, discussing how to deal with European minors returning from Islamic State. This panel is bringing some interesting elements of discussion and some more elements for plan the role of youth work in the return process.

The clip can be found here:

From @ICSR_Centre Independent, cutting-edge research on radicalisation, terrorism, and political violence. King’s College London. RT ≠ endorsement

 

RAN – approaches and practises

RAN – approaches and practises

During our seminar in Tirana, we had the pleasure to have Mr Werner Prinzjakowitsch representing RAN Network.

RAN is a network of 5000+ frontline or grassroots practitioners from around Europe who work daily with people who have already been radicalised, or who are vulnerable to radicalisation. Practitioners include police and prison authorities, but also those who are not traditionally involved in counter-terrorism activities, such as teachers, youth workers, civil society representatives, local authorities representatives and healthcare professionals. These practitioners combine their knowledge and share information during working groups. Werner is the chair of the RAN working group about Youth, Families and Communities and I work for the Centre of Excellence supporting the network and its actions.

RAN is publishing quite many interesting tools, approachesn and practises.The one that we would like to introduce you  is about the importance to connect the training to the available local institutions, give instructions on how to report on it “Training for first line practitioners”

Available here  https://bit.ly/2TKvA5V #RANCollection

 

Building young people’s resilience against violent radicalisation: a new video of shared practises

Building young people’s resilience against violent radicalisation: a new video of shared practises

“ Building young people’s resilience against violent radicalisation: The role of informal safe spaces to  have difficult but respectful  conversations within the formal  educational environment.

Here the video interview about his experience and the practises presented during the Seminar: Building young people’s resilience against violent radicalisation, in Tirana.

Practises Presentation by NIK_UK

 

Preventing Radicalization through Youthwork: from theory to practice. Final thoughts, feelings, impressions

Preventing Radicalization through Youthwork: from theory to practice. Final thoughts, feelings, impressions

‘Do you think that you could implement in your own setting some of the good practices that you saw during the seminar?’

Suddenly there was silence. We were playing the ‘statement game’, an interactive evaluation tool, where participants are asked to show how much they agree or disagree with a statement by positioning themselves in the one or the other side of the room. Some minutes before, the group had stated unanimously how useful it had been hearing about other people’s success stories and visiting local organizations in Tirana. So, what are the constraints making us hesitant over how to translate ideas into practice?

It has become understood that the prevention and combat of radicalization calls for a cross-sectorial approach, based on a coherent, community-oriented methodology, with full awareness of both the sensitivity and the multifacetedness of the subject. In this process, youthwork should be involved in the agenda in a regular, consistent and sustainable manner, so that it can have a concrete, tangible and long-term effect. The discussions throughout the seminar, both in the plenary and during the field visits, showed that there is still a lot to be done on how to bridge the gap between theory and practice, research/needs analysis and local action, youth policy and grassroots youthwork. Although there is an international will to tackle radicalization, what is still lacking in many countries, especially in the western Balkan region, is a concrete, comprehensive and cohesive agenda, based on a youth-oriented strategy and evidence-based methodology. Consequently, it is beyond doubt there is gain in collecting and exchanging good practices, which can allow us to have access to information and tools on what is available, what can be adopted and how we can work with each other in order to have better results.
Participants conveyed through their answers their motivation to work on reducing these gaps through their own role and on finding ways to overcome challenges. The last session of the seminar focused on addressing our own fears and constraints, developing strategies on how to communicate our work, finding partners to support our follow-up projects and learning from each other. Radicalization grows and feeds itself within group dynamics, therefore preventing it is also a matter of collective work.

By Mary Drosopulos, PhD (c )

Seminar Building young people’s resilience against violent radicalisation: insides from workhsops

Seminar Building young people’s resilience against violent radicalisation: insides from workhsops

Mustapha from Belgium: Accompanying the young adults who come in contact with radicalization and the detained Syria fighters    

 

Anna from UK: Introduction to discussing identity with young people

Feedbacks toward the end of the seminar (VIDEO)

Feedbacks toward the end of the seminar (VIDEO)

Feedbacks from participants toward the end of the seminar:

What are you taking back home? What impressed you more during the seminar (good practice, workshop, feelings etc)

Equal Sport against violent radicalisation: inside from sharing good practises (VIDEO)

Equal Sport against violent radicalisation: inside from sharing good practises (VIDEO)

During the Seminar, youth workers and practitionaires were sharing their practises and experiences with their collegues.

In brief, we are sharining some interviews of the presentors introducing their tool and their experience.

Oleksandr (UKRAINE) : Equal Sport against violent radicalisation